Quezon City Rush Hour Traffic

Tonight, thankfully the youngest child and I have arrived before the rains came. Going home is a struggle for a lot of people here in Metro Manila, especially to those who ride the public transport. And even if people drive their own cars, the traffic situation is horrible especially during afternoon rush hour till late evening. Or maybe it is just here in our area?

How to keep sane inside a vehicle during rush hour traffic in Metro Manila (and elsewhere there’s traffic)?

  • Listen to music that you really love. If you are a commuter, bring your own earphones to listen to the music that suits your taste because chances are, the public utility vehicle you are riding has its own music. This also prevents you from listening to the incessant yakking of someone sitting close to you. Beware to not play too loud music that you are not aware of the things happening to you.
  • Organize your thoughts and affairs by being mindful amidst the chaos. If you are driving, you can’t do this too much because you need all your faculties on alert during traffic.
  • For passengers who are not too sensitive with the vehicle’s motions, you can update your social media accounts to while away the time or watch a movie or videos on your phone. Be sure to secure your phone with you and that you are still aware of the people around you.
  • Talk to the person you are with, it will make travel time easier and seem faster. Just don’t talk too loud that others are sending you dagger looks.
  • If you are a passenger, perhaps you can try to meditate amidst the passengers around you. Tune out the noise and concentrate on your thoughts.
  • Bring food to nibble, breath mints and candies to chew and drinks for when you are thirsty. Don’t overdo for you may not be able to take a bathroom break in the middle of EDSA or Marcos Highway riding with 9 other passengers. Make sure that the food is not too aromatic that may incite the hunger pains of the other passengers to be more pronounced.
  • Be patient. Keep your cool and remember that like you, everyone wants to go home and rest after a tiring day at work.

MLQU is now at Home in Quezon City

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On August 19, 2016, coinciding with the 138th birth anniversary of the former President of the Philippine Commonwealth Manuel Luis Quezon, Manuel L. Quezon University or MLQU formally launched its victorious move to the city named after the late former president. This day, called “Quezon is Home” featured the symbolic move and unveiling of the late former president’s portrait done by National Artist in Painting, Fernando Amorsolo, to continue the legacy of MLQU from Quiapo, Manila to Quezon City. Quezon City and MLQU celebrate August 19 as Quezon Day in accordance with Republic Act 6741.

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The MLQU Quezon City campus or MLQU School for Professional Advancement and Continuing Education (MLQU SPACE) is located near the MRT Kamuning Station along EDSA. Led by New San Jose Builders’(NSJBI) Chairman Dr. Rizalino Acuzar and MLQU president and NSJBI co-chairman Dr. Isagani Germar, the event was graced with Quezon City officials and guests.

Pioneering Programs to mark the QC campus expansion

MLQU has partnered with distinguished groups in introducing pioneering programs as it enters the city’s roster of esteemed academic institutions.

Chamber of Real Estate and Builders’ Associations, Inc (CREBA)

The Chamber of Real Estate and Builders’ Association, the largest real estate umbrella organization in the Philippines and MLQU has signed a Memorandum of Understanding that will provide students of MLQU who want to have a career in real estate management, training modules. CREBA and MLQU’s training modules aim to have these students learn real estate law in relation to commercial, rental and private properties.

BLOOMBERG AND East West Educational Specialists, Co. Inc. (EWES)

Bloomberg and EWES are collaborating on these learning initiatives:

• Bloomberg EWES Certified Financial Markets Professional Program
• Bloomberg EWES Faculty Development Programs
• Bloomberg Professional Service Practicum Program which includes international trip exposures to integrate the Bloomberg terminal application into the EWES course curriculum
Aside from the collaborative learning initiatives mentioned above, MLQU and East West will be conducting certification programs and review classes for the different programs and courses for the students and graduates of MLQU in accordance with the standards and requirements of the Commission on Higher Education, Bloomberg LP, Chartered Institute for Securities and Investments, and the Securities and Exchange Commission.

American Concrete Institute (ACI) and Association of Structural Engineers of the Philippines (ASEP)

MLQU partnered with ACI and ASEP in order to give more boost in the Architecture and Engineering programs of the university. ACI and ASEP have programs that aim to develop the students and professionals’ knowledge and practice in structural engineering.

ACI has been in the country since 1995 to advocate for concrete quality and the uplift meant of the concrete industry. Ellen Chua, president of ACI-Philippine chapter said, “we aim to provide students, academe, practitioners and professionals the advanced knowledge and technology in solving and upgrading the quality of the construction industry in the Philippines. Our collaboration with MLQU shall focus on the training and certification of professionals for them to be equipped with international standards allowing them to be on top.”

Established in 1961, ASEP is a leader in the practice of structural engineering. “The main objective of the program in partnership with MLQU is to explore and impart actual applied practice in the industry like how to do the actual design and how to use the proper tools in the design,” according to Danilo Domingo, ASEP Vice President.

NEW SAN JOSE BUILDERS, Inc (NSJBI) supports MLQU in helping Filipinos achieve their dreams

It was in 2014 when property developer New San Jose Builders, Inc. (NSJBI) acquired ownership of the 69yo Manuel L Quezon University. Together, MLQU and NSJBI dreamed about helping their students achieve better lives through their education by improving and upgrading the school’s facilities and expanding and providing opportunities for learning.

It was in 2015 when MLQU opened its School for Professional Advancement and Continuing Education (SPACE) at the Victoria Sports Tower along EDSA in Quezon City.

Victoria Sports Tower is a project of NSJBI. It has 5 floors (34, 180 sqm) of sports and social club features with the most advanced indoor sports facilities, business amenities, wellness and fitness centers, residential units, and luxurious hotel-like lobby. The building offers MLQU students a conducive learning environment.

MLQU continues to expand with the opening of another campus at the nearby Timog Avenue within the coming years to be able to offer more college courses to the Filipino students.

Visit MLQU SPACE for more information and inquiries about the latest certification programs and offering. Contact number is 683-2327 local 122 or 129.
Visit the website at MLQU.edu.ph.
Official Facebook page is mlquofficial

QualiMed Clinic recently opened a branch at the UP Town Center along Katipunan Avenue, Diliman, Quezon City. This clinic is the 7th among QualiMed Centers.

QualiMed Clinic UP Town Center

 

The newest addition to the QualiMed Health Network, a network of clinics, surgery centers and hospitals owned and operated by the Mercado General Hospital, Inc and in partnership with Ayala Land, Inc, QualiMed Clinic UP Town Center aims to give quality services to the neighboring communities and villages in the area. UP Town Center’s QualiMed Clinic is a 186-sqm clinic located at the ground level. It focuses on providing preventative and promotive primary care for families. Family Wellness is one of its main services along with medical consultations, diagnostic checkups, pediatric checkups and vaccinations, geriatric checkups, adult vaccinations and maternal wellness packages. A special clinic is opening too to promote overall mental health through the psychiatric counseling services.

QualiMed Health Network operated under three facility formats: (1) mall-based multispecialty clinics, (2) ambulatory or day surgery centers and (3) full-service general hospitals.

QualiMed Clinic

The multi-specialty clinics serve as primary care provider for preventive and promotive care with features like doctors’ clinics, laboratory, radiology, ECG, drug testing and vaccination services among other services.

To cater to a wider array of patients, the QualiMed Health Network is devoted to giving services with 3As : Affordable and predictable rates, Accessible services and Appropriate, quality and genuine care.

QualiMed data for doctors and patients are in a Centralized Information System where Electronic Medical Records (EMR), X-ray and Lab results can be accessed using the QualiMed health portal in any facility. This means patients can go to another QualiMed branch and still be able to access his/her medical record even if these were recorded from another branch.

PARTNERS:

QualiMed Clinics has partnered with the following doctor practice groups:

1. AlphaHealth Professionals, Inc (AHP) a practice group composed of medical specialists who offer their expertise to health organizations.

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2. Asian Eye Institute, a world-class ambulatory eye center with international health care accreditation.

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3. MetroDental, a pioneering dental chain in the Philippines offering a wide range of dental services with trained and board certified specialists committed to high quality service in the latest dental treatment and procedures.

QualiMed Clinic X-ray Room

4. ImageDX Radiology Consultants, a group of radiologists committed to providing top-notch medical service in the fields of Diagnostic Radiology, Interventional Radiology and Radiation Oncology.

5. UPSI or University Pathologists Specialists, Inc. is a group of pathologists working in various specialization like cytology, head and neck, hematopathology, breast, female genital tract, bone and soft tissue, gastrointestinal, lung, molecular and forensics.

Contact Details:

QualiMed Clinic, lower ground floor UP Town Center, Diliman, QC

Tel: (02) 904-1406

clinic hours: 7am – 9pm

Other QualiMed Clinic locations:

1. Daniel O. Mercado Medical Center in the Calabarzon Area

2. QualiMed Surgery Center in Manila

3. QualiMed Clinic in Trinoma Mall

4. QualiMed Surgery Center in Fairview Terraces

5. QualiMed Clinic in McKinley Exchange Corporate Center in Makati

6. QualiMed Hospital in Iloilo

Exploreum’s 3-Day Summer Camp 2015 is a learn-through-play experience which aims to stimulate children’s curiosity through memorable activities while encouraging camaraderie through interactions with other explorers in the summer camp program, and exposing the children to the wonderful world of Science particularly Marine Biology.

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For this year’s Exploreum Summer Camp, the children participants got the privilege to be Marine Explorers by earning badges for each quest that they accomplish. For three afternoons, the children learned,, through different activities, concepts about the ocean and everything related to it. They were able to utilize the different SM Lifestyle venues like the IMAX, XD:4D cinema, and the skating rink. They did a lot of exciting activities to enhance their learning experiences: painting, playing, skating, watching movies, solving puzzles and catching fish, all these geared towards learning the foundations of Marine Biology.

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Some of the Exploreum’s jam packed activities were the following:

1. Deep Dark Sea Painting – painting posters using glow in the dark paints
2. Away From Home – fishing fishes stuck in slime-o-mania and putting them back to where they should be
3. Feed the Marine Creature – getting to know the food web and apply your knowledge by feeing the sea creatures
4. Aquarium Secret Message – looking for hidden messages in the aquarium and putting these together to find out what it says by using a spy camera
5. Into the Deep Treasure Hunt – completing the time list by searching in the dark room with minimum light
6. Water World Obstacle Course – jump, climb, reach,many crawl to find “EXPLOREUM” letters around the course
7. Save the Whale – fill the pool with balls so the whale can roll back into the ocean

The Different Sea Creatures: the Exploreum Summer Camp 2015 is divided to three different groups, depending on the children’s needs and learning capabilities:

1. The Dolphins – ages 4 – 6 years old
2. The Orcas – 7 – 9 years old
3. The Sharks – ages 10 – 12 years old

The Marine Explorer’s Kit

Marine explorers get to take home the following:

1. Amazing Race Passes
2. Take-home Experiment Kits
3. An Exploreum Summer Camp Shirt
4. Microscope for 7-12 years old
5. Marine Explorer Badge
6. SpongeBob Poster

 

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Upcoming Activities for Exploreum
The Exploreum Quiz Bee is a nationwide competition engaging about 90 schools per level in a test of wit, intellect and speed. The Exploreum’s National Quiz Bee will run from July 2015 to February 2016. The winning school gets Php 1 million to fund and encourage varied school programs.

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Museo Del Galeón, Inc together with the SM Group of Companies recently held a groundbreaking ceremony for The Galeón, which is slated to open in late 2015.

Called The Manila-Acapulco Galleon Museum, this cultural facility has 8,000 sq. m. featuring a full-scale reproduction of a galleon. The reproduction of this galleon will be based on a precise set of naval architectural plan published in Manila during the 18th century.

What was then just an idea is now fast becoming a reality,” said Hans T. Sy, president of SM Prime Holdings, Inc. Hans T. Sy graciously offered a beachfront location in the Mall of Asia complex as the site for the museum.

The Philippines and Mexico were trade trade and commerce partners, thus supporting the circulation of vital knowledge between the two countries is important.

The  Galeon will feature information that will throw light on the roots of today’s banking, shipping, commerce and cultural exchange in the Pacific Region.

From the Americas came silver, gold and potatoes while Europe traded wine, tools and furniture in exchange for Asian silk, spices and ceramics. For the Asian trade, bronze coins from Mexico and Peru were brought to Manila. It was not just the 300 year exchange that produced cultural change on both sides of the Pacific, boat-building in the Philippines transitioned into ship-building utilizing European designs.

It was in 2011 when Madame Margarita Zavala, the spouse of former Mexican President Felipe Calderon endorsed the plan to build a galleon museum in Manila.

The Galeon Groundbreaking Ceremony

His Excellency Ambassador Julio Camarena of Mexico and Hans T. Sy initiated the ground-breaking ceremony at the SM Mall of Asia. Also present was Pasay City Mayor, the Honorable Antonio G. Calixto. The program featured Ms. Marian Roces, Lead Curator of TAO Inc. as the keynote speaker, and Senator Edgardo J. Angara who is also a member of Museo Del Galeón, Inc.

Upon completion, The GALEÓN will command magnificent views of the glittering Manila Bay.

Construction will begin November 2014 with completion expected on the last quarter of 2015.

Many people remembered Ondoy when Mario came.

No, these are not people’s names but names of weather disturbances that wreaked havoc to the country’s National Capital Region and its suburbs.

Ondoy deluge happened five years ago, on September 26, 2009.

I wrote a post about our experience during Ondoy in this post.

A week after Ondoy ravaged mega Manila, Pepeng did so much damage to the northern part of the country.

Last week, another big weather disturbance wrecked havoc to the same area that Ondoy ravaged. His name is Mario.

In this article I wrote, I asked three people to recount their experience during the two deluges:

Remembering Ondoy

*Louie’s son *Clay spent the night at his Lola’s  home in Marikina. Lola’s home is a two-storey house near the Tumana River. During Ondoy, he slept on the roof together with his Lola and Yaya  while his dad, Louie (and their dogs) slept on the roof of his SUV at their house in Cainta.

*Faye, who just gave birth to her second child, a daughter, spent their time on the second floor of their home with her husband, her son and his nanny during the onslaught of Ondoy. When the rains let up, they walked on top of fences to go to a higher place and seek refuge. They spent a few months at Faye’s family home in Rizal while their home was being repaired after cleaning up was done.

*Anne recalls Ondoy vividly as if it happened yesterday:

“Ondoy brought ceiling-high flood waters into our home, causing us to take refuge in a neighbor’s house opposite ours. The flood rose so quickly, we fled with only the clothes on our back, our wallets which could not buy us any food, and our mobile phones which soon either ran out of load or battery juice.

“We took turns sleeping in a room provided for us by the kind neighbor or looking out the window watching the water gobble up our house — roof and all — in a matter of an hour and later recede inch by painful inch over the following two days and two nights. We were hungry, wet and dirty; worried over our two girls who were stranded in Quezon City; and anxious over our dogs whom we left behind.”

The Mario experience.

Louie and Clay did not have to experience the recent floods that ravaged Cainta because they left the place soon after Ondoy to live someplace else that is flood-free.

Anne and her family also put up their stuff on the second floor of their homes. After Mario left, she woke up to an organized home, thankful the waters stopped short of their gate and for extra hands that moved furniture and stuff back where they belong.

Faye and family were as fortunate. The flood only threatened but didn’t quite enter their house. However, they now have to move their stuff back to the first floor. Hard work, she says, but still a breeze, compared to what they went through during Ondoy.

Lessons from Ondoy… read the complete article here at the Philippine Online Chronicles.

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